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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > June 17 > SPITFIRE AUDIO BT Phobos


We had an exclusive play with Phobos last month. Now Andy Jones loads up the full version, to see if Spitfire’s first standalone instrument and synth delivers…

I’ve been lucky enough to have Spitfire’ Audio’s first synth and standalone instrument installed on my hard drive for a good while now and its sounds are quickly starting to creep into song ideas that have also been on my drive – indeed, it’s breathing completely new life into them.

Phobos is a sample-based synth with a 23GB library. It has sources, modifiers and modulation aplenty, but this is no ordinary synth, by any means.

At its heart is what Spitfire calls Polyconvolution Synthesis – and like many other Spitfire Audio products, it’s aimed at soundtrack composers. Again, though, these soundtracks will be anything but ordinary. Phobos comes from a concept dreamed up by Brian Transeau (aka the ‘BT’ in BT Phobos) and any resulting tunes made with it will, quite simply, be out of this world.

Planet convolution

BT Phobos runs as a standalone or plug-in instrument (AU, AAX, VST and VST3). I’ve been testing it within both Ableton Live and Logic, and it’s been pretty rock-solid throughout.

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